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Acronicta aceris (Linnaeus, 1758)

A rather common species throughout Belgium.

The larva lives mainly on Acer pseudoplatanus and Acer campestre, but has also been observed on Aesculus hippocastanum. Also reported on Betula and Quercus. Hibernates, sometimes more than once, as a pupa in a double-layered cocoon in a bark crevice or among leaf litter or moss.

The adults fly in one generation a year from early May till mid August. They come to light and sugar.

Belgium, Antwerpen, Antwerpen, 20 June 2004.
(Photo © Toon Verbruggen)

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